Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate According to Wiki one story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink, the “El Draque”, in honor of Sir Francis Drake. It was made initially with tafia/aguardiente, a primitive predecessor of rum, but rum was used as soon as it became widely available to the British (ca. 1650). Mint, lime and sugar were also helpful in hiding the harsh taste of this spirit. While this drink was not called a Mojito at this time, it was still the original combination of these ingredients.
2 oz. light or gold rum
Some fresh mint
2 tsp. sugar
A lime cut into 4 wedges
Some soda water
Set 1 mint sprig aside, and pull the leaves off the remaining sprigs.
Line the glass with the leaves and add the 4 lime wedges and the sugar. Gently muddle everything against the sides and bottom with a muddler or back of a spoon.
Fill the glass with ice.
Pour in the rum and mix again.
Top off the cocktail with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint. Mojito!